One of the most common but least discussed challenges of divorce is the loss of a shared social group. Adding to the sense of loss from a divorce, friends may pick sides, and precious relationships may be lost.
However, life does go on after divorce, and divorced individuals do make new friends and start meaningful relationships. Adjusting to a new lifestyle may be difficult, but it is important. Here are some tips for building friendships after divorce.
Go to a place of worship – If you’re religiously inclined (and even if you are not), a house of worship can be a great place to meet people and make new friends. Religious communities will often have organizations designed to help single, divorced, or widowed members meet people within their age group. You can also take part in events like potlucks and holiday celebrations, so you do not have to be alone on days you used to spend with your spouse.
Go to the gym – Exercising regularly is great for your health, but it can be good for your social life, too. Going to the gym gives you a chance to get out of the house and get fresh air–and maybe even make new friends. Having a workout buddy is a great way of keeping yourself accountable to your exercise regimen, and it is also a great strategy for seeing someone regularly with whom you can talk.
Consider your co-workers – If you are going to work every day, chances are there is someone there that you get along with. Explore your relationships with your co-workers to see if there is someone else who shares your hobbies and interests. Once you establish a friendly rapport, go ahead and invite them to go fishing or to a concert with you.
Reconnect with old friends – Whether you have lost touch after a move or simply because you have gotten busy, you can reconnect with friends even when you have not spoken in years. Social media can be a great tool for finding and contacting old friends and even family members. Reach out and just see how they are doing. They might be happy to hear from you!
Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney
No matter what stage you are in your divorce, having an experienced attorney on your side will help you achieve your legal goals so you can find happiness and peace of mind in your personal life. Contact our Naperville family lawyers at Goostree Law Group and talk to an experienced divorce attorney. Call 630-364-4046 today for a free, confidential consultation.